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The beatification of John Paul II is now less than one month away and the Vatican has released the final details for the event

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, ordains a priest in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: CNS/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

Bishop Fellay points to problems created by John Paul II beatification and interreligious gathering in Assisi

The body of Pope John Paul II lies in state in St Peter's Basilica as mourners pass by on April 4, 2005 (Photo: CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

The Vatican issues a three-day timetable of events and emphasises that beatification Mass is free and not ticketed

The Vatican has said that no tickets will be required to attend the beatification of John Paul II and admission will be free

Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by Archbishop James Harvey, left, and by Mgr Georg Gänswein, is pictured during today's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Rome is already making preparations to welcome around two million pilgrims

John Paul II during a visit to Paris in 1980 (Photo: CNS)

His beatification is a declaration of his holiness, not his achievements

Pilgrims at the funeral Mass of John Paul II in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

By the time of his death, his greatness had become universally perceived